Colombian Celebrity Maluma Discusses His Role in Disney’s New Movie “Encanto”

Disney's Encanto featuring the Madrigal family: Luisa (voiced by Jessica Darrow), Isabela (voiced by Diane Guerrero), the matriarch Abuela Alma (voiced by María Cecilia Botero), Felix (voiced by Mauro Castillo), Julieta (voiced by Angie Cepeda), Pepa (voiced by Carolina Gaitán), Agustín (voiced by Wilmer Valderrama), Camilo (voiced by Rhenzy Feliz), Antonio (voiced by Ravi Cabot-Conyers), and Dolores (voiced by Adassa) and Mirabel Madrigal (voiced by Stephanie Beatriz). John Leguizamo voices Bruno (not pictured). 'Encanto' is directed by Charise Castro Smith. Credit:

Disney never fails to impress audiences when it comes to the vibrantly-animated, comical but emotional adventure musicals that tend to be Walt Disney Animation Studios’ bread and butter–and the upcoming musical Encanto looks like it’s going to be just as much fun to watch as predecessors like Moana, Frozen, and Brave. The movie’s voice cast has a few recognizable names and its music was composed by Lin Manuel Miranda, but one name that many audience members will not recognize is Maluma, and anyone familiar with Colombian pop culture would be astonished by that revelation! Maluma is a Latin Grammy Award-winning singer from Colombia, and he is playing the town heartthrob Mariano in Encanto. After seeing him speak to Disney about his role in the movie, we can see why!

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“I can’t wait for you all to see the film this November,” he said in the Tweet below, which was posted by Disney. “I’m proud to be part of this beautiful story!” Judging by the teaser shared in the same Tweet, it looks like Encanto’s protagonist Mirabel might have a crush on Mariano (even though he’s engaged to her sister). We’ll be curious to see how that love interest manifests itself in the film, since the plot of the movie might focus more on familial love and self-love, and since movies like Frozen have already shown that Disney is starting to turn away from traditional Disney princess romances.

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Fans of the handsome singer Maluma will no doubt be pleased to see (well, to hear) him in Encanto when it premieres in theaters in November, and we can see from the clip that his singing expertise will definitely come into play! Have you heard of Maluma, or heard any of his music? Are you excited to see Encanto and how it embraces Colombian culture?

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!

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